Computing & E-Safety
Computing in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support teaching and learning, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to ensure our young people develop the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
The school has three laptop trolleys, as well as a large number of Learn Pads which can easily be moved around the buildings to ensure all children have regular access to computer technology. Wi-Fi access has been upgraded in all buildings to support multiple devices logging onto the internet at the same time. Each individual classroom also has its own interactive screen and internet access. Our school has continuously updated its computer technology: interactive screens, digital cameras, digital videos, digital microscopes, visualisers, multimedia response systems, and gyro technology. Computing is taught through all subjects.
Coston children are encouraged to start computing activities from the Nursery, where an interactive screen and computers are in use from day one. As children progress through the school they have access to a wide variety of information technology resources, where they learn skills such as word processing, graphics, modelling, storing and retrieving data.
At Coston, we understand the responsibility to educate our children on E-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
ICT and online resources are increasingly used across the curriculum. We believe it is essential for E-Safety guidance to be given to the children on a regular basis.
E-Safety is embedded within our curriculum and we continually look for new opportunities to promote E-Safety – examples are given below:
- The school provides opportunities within a range of curriculum areas to teach about E-Safety.
- Educating children on the dangers of technologies that may be encountered outside school is done informally when opportunities arise and as part of the e-Safety curriculum.
- Children are aware of the impact of online bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by these issues. Children are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies; i.e. parents/carers, teacher/trusted staff member, or an organisation such as ChildLine.